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( For retirees of the new Air Canada family)

Number 857  Oct 30th., 2004. We first published in October 1995.
Circulation: 2700+

Chief Pilot - Vesta Stevenson   -      Co-pilot  - Terry Baker

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. Need to know.
When travelling to the USA using Electronic Ticketing ensure you print a
copy of your itinerary to present to US Immigration in order to provide proof
of your intention to leave the country at the end of your visit.
Without this proof you may be denied entry

Air Canada News:
Air Canada to launch first ever non-stop service between Sydney, Australia and
Vancouver. Air Canada announced that it will launch the first ever non-stop
flights between Australia and Canada with the introduction of double daily
flights Dec. 16 in time for the peak travel season in the southern hemisphere.
Flights will operate using the Airbus A340-300 aircraft enabling Air Canada to
offer non-stop service northbound from Sydney to Vancouver. Southbound flights,
requiring a brief stopover in Honolulu for refueling, will allow customers to
stay on board thus eliminating U.S. customs clearance and transit visas for
some travellers including citizens of Australia. With a flight time of 14 hours
and 40 minutes, this new daily A340 non-stop service will reduce northbound
flying time by two hours and 15 minutes compared to the second daily one-stop
service and will be almost five hours faster than other carriers’ alternate

Farewell to the B747s. Oct. 31 will mark the end of an era at Air Canada – the
last flight of the B747-400. They will fly their last flights from Frankfurt to
Montreal and Toronto Oct. 30 and 31 respectively. The Montreal flight will
continue on to Toronto as a Rapidair flight. Chief Pilot Captain Al Laing will
host a B747 farewell event on Nov. 3 at Toronto’s hangar Bay 8 from 10:30 a.m.
to 1 p.m. to allow employees to see and photograph the aircraft. Employees are
encouraged to come out and view FIN 343’s top deck, exchange stories, and enjoy
giveaways, cake and refreshments.

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. From the Pionair newsletter issued by Gord Dalziel -

Ste. Anne  Association of War  Veterans Inc.

Two of our Veterans will be presented with the Caterpillar  Pins.  One is
Alden C. Donnell, retired from Air Canada.  He was in charge of the aircraft
simulator.    Alden's son is a 747 Air Canada Captain who will be presenting
the Caterpillar Pin to his father in the presents of the Hon. Guarnieri,
Minster of  DVA.
There are many former Air Canada airmen who joined Ac in 1946 and were also
part of the Bomber Command and as this is dedicated to the Bomber Command,  Air
Canada is well  represented.  We would like to contact as many of these people
as possible, including those who joined the RCAF flyers and who joined Air
Canada as Pilots in 1946 - 1947.
Coverage of this event along with commentary will be on  CTV news and Air
Canada will be reflected in the article.    Donnell's  son will be wearing his
A C  uniform during the ceremony, again reflecting Air Canada's  involvement
with these airmen.
Norman  Graham,  Service Officer
Tel. 514 - 457 - 3440  Ext. 2360
Denise  Tasse -  Mr. Graham's assistant  -  available Tuesday and Thursday (
10:00 to 2:00 )
Email Address:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  

Date of this Event is :  November  06th, 2004.

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. News from the districts.
Gerry Damskov Director Okanagan District Air Canada Pionairs
Okanagan District Christmas Luncheon.
December 02th. 2004 (Mark your calendars)
This event will be held at the Ramada Inn on Harvey Ave. in Kelowna.
Meet & Greet is at 11:00 am. and Lunch will be served at 12:00noon.
Luncheon Costs for this event is $19.00 pp. But your District will contribute
$4.00pp. Therefore your cost will be a low $15.00pp.
This is our biggest event of the year, please make an effort to attend, you
wont be disappointed.
Dreams Take Flight donations will be accepted at the welcome table.
There will be door prizes and surprises.
Please make your cheques out to: “Air Canada Pionairs” and mail to: Gretchen
Aird #317-1056 Bernard Ave. Kelowna, V1Y 8L7
Deadline for receipt of your cheques is: Nov. 29th. 2004
(If you commit to this event, due to the Catering charges, you will be
responsible to pay if you do not show up. Cancellations are accepted up until
November 29th. 2004

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. From the monthly U.K. Pionairs newsletter issued by Tony Coleman -

The following report has been written by Chris Gray.

The day trip to France on 7th September was a great success.   We met at
Radius Park at 6.15 am which reminded most people about struggling to get to an
early shift.   A tremendous turnout of people resulted in nearly a full coach
A cloudy sky soon turned to sunshine and warmth to enhance the day.   Leaving
Radius Park on time helped with clear and empty roads to Folkestone and a
coffee break and leg-stretching before the coach was driven on to the train was
The train journey was approximately half an hour.   After arriving at Calais,
we went through some pretty towns en route to the main square in St. Omer.   We
had a walk by quaint little shops, cobble-stone streets and cafes.   After
investigating the surrounds for an hour, the local beer was a welcome
Later we were taken to the museum.  A local guide took us round the World War
II memorabilia.  Headphones complemented the commentary given and the tour
lasted approximately two hours.
Next attraction was the big Supermarket.   Here the Brits invaded the cut
price wine, beer and champagne section.   Loaded trolleys and bags were guided
to our coach under swaying and staggering legs, having made our purchases to
our hearts’ content.
The return journey was ominous with exhausted snores and shut eyes.   8.30 pm
saw us arrive back at Radius Park to transfer our cheap purchases to various
Special thanks must be extended to Jack.  He arranged and organised a lovely
and worthwhile trip with enjoyable precision.

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Star Alliance News:
United to cut U.S. flights to focus on International service. In keeping with
its aggressive cost-cutting efforts, United Airlines will reduce U.S. flights
and increase capacity on more lucrative international routes. The airline said
it would increase international capacity by 14 per cent and cut mainline
domestic capacity by 12 per cent. Also, by March 2005, the carrier plans to
reduce its mainline fleet to 455 aircraft, a reduction of 112 (or nearly 20 per
cent) aircraft since 2002.

UAL Corp., parent of United Airlines, lost $274 million in the third quarter
ended Sept. 30, improved from a $367 million net loss in the prior-year period.

US Airways Group, which is in the midst of its second bankruptcy reorganization
in two years, reported a $232 million net loss for the third quarter ended
Sept. 30, including $12 million in professional fees related to its current
Chapter 11 filing.

Star continues to court Air China despite Cathay tie-up

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. Found on the internet.
Primaris Airlines, a Las Vegas-based carrier that operates a single 757
providing charter services to the White House press corps, yesterday became the
fifth customer for the 7E7, announcing "plans" to purchase 20 7E7-8s and 20
737-800s with options on an additional 25 737-800s and 15 7E7-8s, according to
Boeing, which valued the firm purchases at approximately $3.8 billion at list

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From: HS Bell <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Subject: AGM 2005
Hello all. As you know our AGM 2005 is being held in Niagara Falls next May. I
would like to suggest that we arrive a couple of days early and play a round of
golf at one of the lovely courses in the vicinity close to the hotel that we
are staying at. We can get the same rate for the 2 days prior to the AGM. I
have also talked to Gord and June Dalziel (issuer of the Pionairs newsletter)
and they agree and Gord said that if we can get 8/12 golfers he will look into
a rsvn at one of the nearby courses. He suggests a $25.00 deposit to confirm
the rsvn. If you would all give this some thought and get back to me I would
appreciate it very much. regards Bert Bell

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. Remember when!
Trans-Canada Air Lines In October -
1947 Shannon Ireland added to the transatlantic service, and a record
time of 6 hours
and 52 minutes was established between Vancouver and Montreal.
1949 Headquarter offices relocated from Winnipeg to Montreal.
1960 Last Canadair North Star flight Vancouver to Montreal.
1963 DC-8 service on transcontinental services.
1964 First DC-8 with Air Canada titles and livery flew HM Queen Elizabeth
II and HRH
Duke of Edinburgh from YOW to LHR.
DC-8 passenger and cargo service extended to Paris and
1955 Calgary - Houston service inaugurated with A320 aircraft.

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. Terry's travel tips.
Dargal continues to expand its' product offering in order to provide you
with the widest selection of vacation options. STP Resorts is one of these
options. Excellent accommodations anywhere in the world at convenient prices.
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You won't believe the prices! 
STP Vacation Planner:
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East Polynesia Portugal Scotland S. America Spain St. Kitts Sweden Turks &
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Can you imagine staying at a first class Resort Condominium for an entire week,
from only
$8 per person per night , based on 6 people sharing?
Shell Vacations Club at Paniolo Greens ~ Hawaii
The resort is located in the village of Waikoloa, nestled in the heart of the
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1 Week from $372 USD per 2 Bedroom Condo
That's only $9 per person per night based on 6 people sharing!
Club Marbella ~ Spain
Club Marbella is situated midway between Fuengirola and Marbella on the Sitio
de Calahonda urbanisation in the heart of the Costa del Sol. There are numerous
facilities available on site for guests. Its central location makes day-trips
possible to Gibraltar, Morocco and Grenada.
1 Week from $344 USD per 2 Bedroom Condo
That's only $8 per person per night based on 6 people sharing! 
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This 400-acre, four-season resort is in the heart of Flathead Valley, home of
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That's only $8 per person per night based on 6 people sharing!
Due to the extremely low prices that we are offering on these first-class
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Hawaii Transient Accommodation Taxes range from US$10-$35 per unit, per week
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STP Resort Condominiums are displayed at in U.S. dollars, per
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All bookings for STP Resort Condominiums must be made online. Rates are quoted
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